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08/12/2014 - 16:58

In the last few weeks, WFP has made significant progress in Syria, reaching more people in besieged and difficult-to-reach areas thanks to improved access through cross-line and cross-border food deliveries. More than 300,000 people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas received WFP food through cross-line convoys in July – double the number of people reached using cross-line convoys in June.

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DAMASCUS – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin, wrapped up a one-day visit to Damascus on Tuesday where she met with WFP staff, senior government officials and visited a WFP food distribution to oversee progress and discuss the operational challenges of one of the agency’s largest and most complex humanitarian operations worldwide.
08/06/2014 - 15:38

Cousin will speak at the ministerial session of the Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on the role of family farming in achieving food and nutrition security, co-hosted by the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. Cousin will urge that particular attention be paid to overcoming the barriers that limit the contribution of women in family farms.  

India is home to almost one fifth of the world’s family farms and has shown leadership in improving food security and nutrition through large-scale safety net initiatives.

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CHENNAI/DELHI – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin arrives in Chennai, India, on 7 August 2014, for a one-day visit that will focus on the importance of family farming in achieving a zero hunger world.
07/16/2014 - 09:19

The B20 Australia Summit will bring together business leaders from across G20 member countries to focus on developing a set of clear, actionable recommendations that drive global economic growth and create jobs. They will be delivered to the G20 Presidency for consideration at G20 Leaders' Summit to be held in Brisbane, Australia in November.

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SYDNEY – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin will make a two-day visit to Australia this week to participate in the Business 20 Australia (B20) Summit in Sydney on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 July.
07/01/2014 - 12:44

GENEVA - Addressing government representatives at a meeting in Geneva, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres made an urgent joint plea for US$186 million to allow WFP to restore full rations and prevent further reductions elsewhere through December 2014. For its part, UNHCR needs US $39 million for supplementary nutrition it provides to malnourished and vulnerable refugees in Africa.  

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The heads of the United Nations refugee agency and World Food Programme warned today that funding difficulties, compounded by security and logistical problems in some countries, have forced cuts in food rations for nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anemia, particularly in children.
07/01/2014 - 12:36

Addressing government representatives at a meeting in Geneva, UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres made an urgent joint plea for US$186 million to allow WFP to restore full rations and prevent further reductions elsewhere through December 2014. For its part, UNHCR needs US $39 million for supplementary nutrition it provides to malnourished and vulnerable refugees in Africa.  

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GENEVA -- The heads of the United Nations refugee agency and World Food Programme warned today that funding difficulties, compounded by security and logistical problems in some countries, have forced cuts in food rations for nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, threatening to worsen already unacceptable levels of acute malnutrition, stunting and anemia, particularly in children.